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What to do with Overgrown Green Beans

It happens to even the most savvy gardener. You go out of town on vacation and when you return, there are beans…lots of beans. Not just any beans, overripe beans. Tough, fibrous, partially mature beans that are still green. What … Continue reading

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Black Coco Beans – An Heirloom Surprise

The Three Sisters garden is a Native American planting technique that consists of beans, corn and squash. The corn is planted first, and when it reaches 2 feet tall, pole beans are planted around the
corn. The beans use the corn as a trellis to climb. Then squash (usually pumpkins) are planted around the base of the corn and beans to provide shade so the sun won’t dry out the soil. It’s been done
for centuries… let’s see how I can screw it up.

The corn part went well. It’s the beans that …
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Growing Garbanzo Beans (that’s chickpeas to you, darling)

You’ll find them in Indian food, hearty soups, and as a ubiquitous staple of the salad bar at Soup Plantation, but you might not know how good they really are until you’ve cooked them yourself.
Garbanzo beans, also known as chick peas, are usually undercooked when you buy them canned, and certainly don’t hold a lot of flavor on their own (kind of like tofu), but they are a great base for
many dishes and very satisfying to grow.

We experimented with growing garbanzo beans in our test …
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Dragon Tongue Beans

A while back I mentioned that I was planting a new heirloom variety that I’d never grown before. Well, today the first harvest of said heirloom plants.   Dragon tongue
beans are making quite a show in the garden, right next to the …
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